Paula Deen Joins Season 21 Cast of 'Dancing With the Stars'

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Paula Deen is reportedly joining the season 21 cast of Dancing With the Stars, which premieres next month. The southern cook known for her love of all things butter will compete against contestants like Bindi Irwin, Victor Espinoza, and Nick Carter for that coveted mirror ball trophy. The entire cast for season 21 will be announced Wednesday on Good Morning America.

It was only two years ago that sponsors and networks were dropping Paula Deen like a hot potato for her use of the N-word. The Food Network dropped her show, Paula’s Best Dishes, and she lost multiple endorsement deals.

A year later Paula Deen started her own online cooking network.

“Guess who’s going digital, y’all! I’m so excited about my new online network and can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been working on,” she said in a statement in June 2014. “We’re going to have so much fun being together and cooking up some wonderful new and classic dishes.”

Just last month, however, Paula Deen made news again for posting a photo of son Bobby Deen in brownface.

“Lucyyyyyyyy! You got a lot of esplainin’ to do! #TransformationTuesday,” Paula Deen captioned the photo of herself dressed like Lucy Ricardo from the hit ‘50s sitcom I Love Lucy. In the snapshot, Bobby Deen posed as Ricky Ricardo, who was of Cuban descent. The Tweet was quickly deleted.

Will y'all be tuning in to see Paula Deen compete on Dancing With the Stars? Do y'all think she can manage to stay out of trouble long enough to cha-cha her way across the dance floor?

Is Dancing With the Stars getting hard up for stars?

Really, DWTS? Paula Deen?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.